Senior Boys

This week in our Principal's Blog

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.”

Appointment to Assistant Headship, Claires Court Junior Boys, Mr Eric Leuzinger BEd more..


A big thank you to all those parents – over 100 of you – who visited our exhibitions two weeks ago and gave us valuable feedback. Your insights are already informing the architectural team as they develop alternative design concepts in this phase of the development. Read more about the findings


If you weren't able to visit the consultation exhibition, you can see the display on our special website. There is also a feedback form for you to leave your comments.


IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MR RAYER- We have received information that some of our pupils have been involved in the latest internet craze of Nec Nominate. Please ensure that you talk to your sons’ about the dangers that arise from participating in this activity, which can lead to serious health damage.

Sporting News - Our Sporting fixtures are constantly being updated, Football fixtures in particular and we have already rearranged some of the matches cancelled. Others may follow. Please check regularly via our sports fixtures on

Year 11 GCSE Linguists - Speaking Assessments- Well done to those boys who have prepared meticulously; resulting in some pleasing performances in all languages over the past few weeks.

However, we are concerned by the number of boys who have tried to change the date of their exam; claiming that they are not adequately prepared. The date for each speaking assessment is set by the teacher, and boys are given more than several weeks' advance notice of this, so that they can prepare. Except in the case of illness, the date CANNOT be changed, as this is a formal examination (2 speaking tasks which equate to 30% of the final grade).

It is the responsibility of each boy to make certain that he follows the advice of his teacher, and ensures that he is thoroughly prepared for the date set. If dates are postponed, this inevitably means that valuable teaching time is lost, so consequently this is a situation we are keen to avoid. Should boys encounter difficulties, they should speak to their language teacher at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your continued support. H Stratton - Head of MFL

Mathematics Common Task 2 Revision Booklet for Years 7, 8, 9

In order to help pupils in Years 7,8 and 9 to prepare for their Common Task in Maths, we have provided them with Revision Booklets which they may use over half-term. We have also given them the answer sheets which they can use to check if their answers are right.

Lunch Accounts - A reminder to parents that it may be worth checking your sons lunch account balance over half term and topping up if needed.

The Office – Open during half term 9.00am to 5.00pm


Friday 14 February – Years 7 to 10 Grade Cards issued

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February – Half Term Week

Monday 24 February 2014 – Term Begins

Tuesday 25 February – Year 9 Holocaust Day with Specialist Speaker

Saturday 1 March – DofE Years 9 to 13

Sunday 2 March - U18 Rugby Sevens at Windsor

Monday 3 March – Year 8 Study Skills. Year 9 University Challenge

Tuesday 4 March – Year 9 Options Evening from 6.15pm in The Sports Hall


Thursday 27 February – Year 8 Art Trip to Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums consent slip – now overdue.

Monday 3 March – Year 7 Geography Trip to Rushall Farm & The River Pang Full information has been distributed. Consent slips now overdue.

Friday 28 to Sunday 30 March – Year 10 Geography Trip to Margam Park – Final payment of £120 now overdue.

Friday 25 April – Year 10 History Trip to Ypres. Full information has been distributed to those boys who are studying History at GCSE.

12 to 19 April 2014 – Ski-Trip Information and a return sheet for extras was posted home earlier this week. Please ensure this is returned to school by Monday 3 March.

TRIPS information with this Bulletin

French, Spanish and German Trips during October half term 2014 letters accompany this Bulletin.


Friday 7 March Quiz Night - Last few tables remaining for our fabulous Quiz Night! Will the teachers reign supreme or will the parents finally conquer? To book your table email the PTA

Saturday 15 March – The Boat Club Race Night – Information available from Reception.

Saturday 10 May, Claires Court May Ball - Only 2 more weeks until you can get your hands on the hottest ticket in town! Invitations will be sent out Friday 28 February and we expect to sell out fast so make sure you have your table of 12 ready to book!

Details of all our forthcoming event are on the PTA pages of the website

Holiday Club Monday 17 to Friday 21 February - at College Avenue.

Sports Club Monday 17 to Thursday 20 February – at Cannon Lane.


Year 11 who wish to continue into our Sixth Form your Subject Selection sheets are now overdue. Mr Giles (Head of Sixth Form) will be interviewing potential sixth form candidates straight after the half term break. Scholarship Forms are due by Friday 14 March.


Despite the weather we have had three very positive events this week. The Year 10 Parents evening proved to be an excellent meeting where advice and views were exchanged ensuring that the pupils can fulfil their potential. The Open Morning again had visitors expressing what outstanding ambassadors their guides were.

The PTA meeting aired many interesting views. My thanks go to them for their purchases of a Lathe, Microscopes, Chess sets (and much more) and their enthusiasm to bring opportunities to the boys. Look out for a new Year 7 & 8 event.

We have had to speak to the Senior pupils about the dangers of Nec Nominate, a stupid drinking challenge that has led to the deaths of some who have been involved. We understand that some of our pupils have been challenged and accepted and I hope you will talk to your sons about the stupidity and danger of this craze.

Congratulations to Hadley Thomas in Year 10 who has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in July 2015, the Scouts will sponsor him £1000 , but he needs to raise another £2000 so please support him if asked.

Good luck to the Year 11 Historians who visit Berlin this Half Term, it will be cold but at least it will be dry!

Enjoy your break.

“Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.”
Kim Hubbard

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.